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Online Identities of Physicians

Bradley H. Crotty, MD, MPH1; Arash Mostaghimi, MD, MPA2; Vineet M. Arora, MD, MAPP3
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1Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
3Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2566-2567. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282144.
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To The Editor Dr DeCamp and colleagues1 recently wrote about the online identities of physicians, stating that it is “operationally impossible” and “potentially harmful” to separate personal and professional identities. Rather than identity separation, they proposed physicians decide whether content is appropriate for a physician to be posting, regardless of the forum. We believe this latter point to be necessary, but not sufficient, for physicians to manage their online identity.


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December 18, 2013
Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD; Thomas W. Koenig, MD; Margaret S. Chisolm, MD
1Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
2Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2567-2568. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282167.
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